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Basically the W3C website on paper May 18 2013
By Ryan - Published on
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Not very useful. I had to buy it for class and it was the most expensive book in my tech studies, yet I get nothing out of it. :(

If you're an absolute beginner and don't know how to use Google I guess this would be helpful.
Worse Than The Old Edition March 17 2014
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This edition involved a new author and it the writing style is like someone who just got their Ph.D. in computer science. MUCH TO VERBOSE. Get an editor, you guys, and cut out all the editorializing. Just teach us how to CSS for Web Design as succinctly as possible. If I want to read a lot of text, I'll read a novel. This ain't rocket science.
Not bad for a beginner Oct. 28 2012
By P. Then - Published on
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I signed up for a night-course to learn CSS at a well-reputed university, and the instructor (who's been teaching for many years) made it a course requirement to buy the book. According to her, she had gone through many books and it was the best that she has seen in terms of explanations.

I started reading it without any knowledge of HTML so found it a little difficult, so after getting lost in Chapters 3 & 4, decided to learn HTML first. I came back and reread the chapters and it was a WHOLE lot clearer! I think that Richard could have better LABELLED his examples, especially in the breakdown of nomenclature, cause you end up having to guess which part he is referring to.

When you realize just to look for the changes in the code, rather than each individual line painstakingly, you realize you can go through the book (fly through it) pretty quick. Some chapters were definitely a lot more difficult than others (ex. advanced selectors) and the origins of hexadecimal values (the 0-9 for first 10 then A-F for remaining, but I guess it's not an important point in the big scheme of things).

What I DO like about though is the colour in the code -- makes for much easier digestion. Also the exercises are nice, as it's a way to test yourself if you really grasped key concepts or not.

This was my first book on CSS so I don't really have much of a comparison, but I'm going to try another book to better understanding missing parts, and deepen my level of understanding of more advanced concepts, as well as newer techniques.
CSS for the Beginner Aug. 12 2012
By George - Published on
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This is one of the better books I have come across on basic CSS. As a beginner's book, it is best I have found. It is simple, easy to read and full of examples. The book is a little repetitive, but as it is aimed at the beginner, one would expect that.
I always find books that have lots of code examples much easier to read when they use color syntax as this book does.
Although the book comes in at about 400 pages, most of the space is taken up with code examples and illustrations. Being familiar with CSS, I find myself just looking at the code examples, which are enough to remind me of the style's properties and how to use them.
Unfortunately the book doesn't cover CSS3, although that's a whole book to itself. Still Wrox normally produces easy to read and understand books. This is no exception, as a beginner's book on CSS this would be the one I would choose.
Very thorough coverage June 2 2012
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This is another one of these books that is a must for your book shelf if you are doing html programming. As a rank beginner I found it to be relatively easy to follow and very informative. It is also a good reference book. I love the cover art.